by Caroline Drabik
The Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies is located in an inspiring, airy building perched on the edge of Otsego Lake in upstate New York. I joined Historic House Trust Executive Director Frank Vagnone to lead a professional seminar there on February 28th.
It was the perfect environment for a day of conversation and idea exchanging. Students were on board with applying the principles of the Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums (AGHHM) while at the same time considering what a Habitation Plan would entail at the Lewis Latimer house.
What impressed me was how spot on they were with their ideas of how to best utilize those principles. They focused right in on preserving Latimer’s legacy as inventor, writer and artist by recommending artist residency programs and community workspaces (or as they called them, Tinkering Workshops) for the site.
Thank you, Gretchen Sorin, Cooperstown staff and students for your warm welcome and kind hospitality and for your ideas and contributions!